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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Changing how we think about domestic abuse

We need to change how society thinks about domestic abuse. Will the government’s proposed changes help? Key points of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill: A new definition for Economic Abuse This will include victims being denied access to jobs and/or money. It will also include being forced to take a loan. Proposed Domestic Abuse Protection…
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Changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims

Monday 8th January 2018 saw changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims come into force. Our article in early December highlights the Ministry of Justice’s plans. And we are pleased to see that the changes are now in force. So, what does it mean for victims of domestic abuse? Most importantly, it means more…
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Breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence

***UPDATE 08/01/2018 Changes for legal aid for victims of domestic violence come into effect *** It is so pleasing to hear the breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence. Samantha Lee, Director and head of Family Law explains, “Really good news - The Ministry of Justice have announced that they will be expanding…
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Theresa May to oversee new domestic abuse law

The government has said that the Prime Minister will directly oversee the creation of new domestic abuse law in England and Wales. It said that the current law lacks clarity and it is unacceptable that some areas worked harder than others in tackling domestic abuse. The aim of the new act would be to address…
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Domestic abuse victims left waiting for compensation

Government statistics have revealed that domestic abuse victims are left waiting for nearly 2 years to receive compensation for their suffering. Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that it took an average of 612 days (approximately 20 months) for victims of domestic abuse to receive compensation payouts from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).…
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Ban GP fees for domestic violence letters

Calls are being made for Jeremy Hunt to ban GPs from charging domestic violence victims up to £175 for a medical letter as proof. A letter signed by 16 Police and Crime Commissioners informs Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, that some GPs are charging fees for letters that allows victims of domestic violence to access legal…
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Unsafe to talk, still contact the police and do this

What do you do if you need to contact the police but it is unsafe for you to talk? Police have released a reminder to advise people what to do if you find that youdial 999 but cannot let the operator know that you need help. Silent Solutions is a protocol which decides whether to…
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Victims urged to use new coercive control laws

Despite coercive control recently becoming a criminal offence in England and Wales, latest police data shows that only 3 forces – Kent, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, have 10 or more prosecutions under this offence between December 2015 and June 2016.  This information was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act following a request from Simpson Millar…
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Change to regulations for domestic violence evidence for Legal Aid

In the case of R(Rights of Women) v The Secretary of State for Justice and the Lord Chancellor [2016] EWCA Civ 91, it was upheld that the regulation stating that domestic violence evidence must be within the last two years in order for the client to qualify for Legal Aid.  As a result of this…
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